Emma settled in the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1851, building a home on 535 acres of land.

In 1855, Emma, ever the restless soul, decided—after several years of only moderate success—to move north to the town of Ogden, Utah, establishing a carpentry business that proved more stable and satisfying.

During the late 1800s, Emma wrote a best-selling book about experiences on the Mormon Trail and, widely recognized as a prominent pioneer, became a popular guest speaker at civic ceremonies and luncheons.

When Emma moved to Ogden, Utah, her son, Benjamin, and Katie Lynn came with her. Emma started a carpentry business. Benjamin, being fourteen at this time, pretended to handle the business, since a woman carpenter wasn't accepted in Ogden, Utah (or almost anywhere in the U.S.A.), but it was Emma who taught him everything he knew. Emma was proud of passing down the business of her father, Samuel, to her son.

Matti, Juno, and Cheyenne moved to a 250-acre farm. The farm later became an important place for runaway slaves during the Civil War. They had another child, Hannah.

Nili stayed in Salt Lake City and married Danny Radcliffe, who ran a general store. They had 5 children: Rupert, Steven, Henry, Elizabeth, and Mandy.

Jess lived with Matti for a while, then moved to Salt Lake City and started a sewing business. Nili and Jess frequently visited each other, since their stores were only five buildings away from one another. Jess never married, but did end up adopting Amy.

Katie Lynn lived with Emma until she was seventeen. She then moved to Kansas and started business breeding and selling horses and cattle with her husband, Jesse Callahan, a cowboy. They had three children: Annie, Thomas, and Belle.

Amy grew up with Jess and learned sewing from her. She later took over the sewing business and added a dry goods store on the side. She married the son of the owner of the feed store, Dawson Carlton, and they had eight children: Sarah, Samantha, Emma, Rebecca, John, Mollie, Jason, and Jimmy.

In 1859, Emma took a trip to visit her family in Salt Lake City. While she was gone, Benjamin met a girl named Catherine, and they married a year later. In 1864, five years after the Salt Lake Trip, Benjamin and Catherine moved across the border to Nevada, with their four-year-old son Willy and their two-year-old daughter Fanny. In Nevada, they started a carpentry business like Emma's. They had two more children: Gretchen and Samuel, who were named after Emma's "Mumma and Pa."

As Emma grew older, she found that she could not handle the carpentry business anymore, and so she sold it and moved in with Benjamin and Catherine. She loved her family very much, and the whole group traveled a few more times back to Salt Lake City to visit, and they wrote each other often. On long winter nights, as they sat by the fire, Emma loved to stare out the window and up at the stars, remembering a time when just she, and a mule named Spicy, wandered the plains together, under the clear blue bowl of the sky.

Emma died in her sleep in the summer of 1898, a few months after her 67th birthday.